Inaugural Caribbean Strategy Conference Slated for June 23rd-25th
Kingston, Jamaica, June 6, 2022 – The Caribbean’s inaugural Strategy Conference has begun to make itself known in organizations across the region. The event, which has over 50 speakers and panelists, should attract over 600 people interested in breaking the grip of COVID-19.
Most local companies have suffered during the pandemic. Revenues have fallen, costs have risen, and their staff’s productivity levels are in question. However, as countries accept the new state of affairs and learn to live in a world of continuous adjustment, the best organizations have strategic plans already in place.
The truth is, the most disciplined companies never stopped looking to the future. However, they tend to be the most established, with well-funded planning functions. According to Francis Wade, co-host of the conference, “They followed best planning practices in spite of disruptions.”
But they are the exceptions. “Most companies have focused on survival, and are missing the opportunities COVID has created in their industry. If they don’t re-think their roles, others will do it for them.”
As such 2023 is going to be a make-or-break year.
“In a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, every company has the same opportunity to craft a game-changing strategic plan for 2023,” Wade asserted.
The 3 day conference is organized to help attendees craft such breakthrough plans. While they won’t be making actual details about revenues or market share during the event, they will be asked to create a July to December Blueprint. This timeline of activity will take them through all the steps needed to plan a game-changing strategy.
But they won’t be doing it alone.
There will be speeches from luminaries such as Douglas Orane, panel discussions with regional executives and downloads available from experts in strategic planning. While some experts from Canada, the US and even Cambridge University will be sharing their knowledge, most of the speakers are regional.
“Strategic planning is a cultural activity, as well as a logical and creative one. So our best thinking must be based on our shared experiences,” says Wade, who has worked in several Caribbean countries.
“Normally, you’d have to travel and pay a huge fee for this kind of engagement, but the power of technology has changed everything…thanks in part to COVID-19.”
Caribbean Strategy Conference is hosted by Framework Consulting, a strategy and productivity advisory company. Francis Wade is a regular business columnist for the Jamaica Gleaner.